Four-star offensive tackle Donovan Smith took his third official visit this past weekend. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder made the trip down to Raleigh to check out NC State.
"I liked the visit," he said. "You know, between the campus and the season being successful it was good. The facilities were nice and the coaches were great guys to be around."
Smith got to Raleigh on Friday afternoon.
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"When I got there I did the typical visit stuff, the academic part of it and then I went to the football facility and watched their walkthrough," he said. "Then, I went through a team offensive meeting and went to the final walkthrough that night.
"On Saturday I went to the game and the game was great. The fans were definitely into it. Being there, I definitely saw how everybody really supports the football team and how crazy they go for Russell Wilson."
The game gave Smith a chance to see the offensive line up close in person.
"You know, I really like what they do," he said. "They definitely prepare their guys for an NFL type of offense with their blocking schemes. That stood out to me from when they were at Boston College, they put a lot of linemen into the NFL."
On Saturday night, the Owings Mills, Md. prospect spent time with his host, Robert Crisp.
"It was great being around him, he told me how he really enjoyed it and felt the love there," he said. "He had some knowledge of the depth chart and basically told me the same thing the coaches were saying."
As for today, Smith spent a bit more time with the coaches before heading home.
"We ate breakfast with Coach Willis and then I went and met with Coach O'Brien in his office," he said. "He preached the same thing he always has, he just spoke on the depth chart and about how his contract has five more years left and whether I redshirt or not he'll be there my entire stay if I decide to go there."
So, with all that said where does State fit on the list now?
"It definitely puts them in the running," he said. "I went up there over the summer and got a tour of the football complex and saw the campus and it opened my eyes. I really enjoyed this visit and they are going to be in there."
Smith's next official is to UCLA in a few weeks on December 3rd. He has yet to schedule a fifth official as he is leaving that open in case of any more offers.
On the season, Smith and Owings Mills went 4-6 on the year. He posted approximately 76 tackles, 15 for loss, two forced fumbles and seven sacks on the year as he earned all-county both ways and all-metro.